County government says they are poised to set up warning signs and protective measures.
Presenter:The four gates of Hengchun Historical City are national historic monuments that have suffered multiple incidents of damage in recent years. Several days ago, Hengchun police got a report about the North Gate being hit by a truck. The driver faces penalties under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act.
This truck driver is heading towards Hengchun Historical City's North Gate, a national historical monument. Shortly afterwards, Hengchun police get a report that a truck had hit the North Gate.
The driver fled the scene, but police were able to identify him with CCTV footage.
Chen Hsin-hao, 4th Corps Chief, Pingtung County Police Bureau Hengchun Precinct:”Although the gate is open to vehicular traffic, vehicles over 2.1 meters high are banned from using it. The top of the vehicle hit the top of the gate. When he couldn't get through, he put his truck in reverse and fled the scene.”
The driver, surnamed Chen, has been involved in three accidents recently. He faces penalties for damage to the gate under the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act.
Given how often the gates seem to get struck by vehicles, officials are consulting with experts on an improvement plan.
Lin Bin-yao, Deputy Director of Monuments and Settlements, Bureau of Cultural Heritage:”We will be implementing signage and speed limits. Everything is ready and will be set up before the end of the year.”
The Pingtung County Cultural Affairs Bureau says damaging historical monuments is punishable by six months to five years in prison along with a fine of NT$500,000 to NT$20 million. It is calling on road users to pay attention to vehicle height and show respect to historical monuments.